Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday Grub

I wont drag you to far down my childhood, but to help you understand where my Sunday ideas and traditions come from, and some that have been changed, I must  give you a little history.

As long as I can remember my Sunday's included, church, pot roast, and lots of Televised Golf. I actually liked watching Golf with my dad (not because I liked golf) but rather it was the perfect sport to snuggle up on the couch to and fall asleep. It got me every time.

We would come home from church, kick off our shoes, and I would offer whatever help I could  for mom before planting my tush on the sofa.

My mom would be slaving away in the kitchen and the smell of roasted whatever in the air. Sometimes a little crackle from our wood burning stove would take you far in snugly Ville.

These memories that I grew up with were expected to pass on to my own family. However, as I got older, my own family was clearly different from the one I grew up with. I had to improvise. Some things I wasn't willing to change, but others, well, I just had too.

Church: I had moments in my life where it wasn't a priority, or maybe I couldn't find the right one. I suppose I didn't feel the need to go. Somehow though, I found myself planted firmly, and this distant memory was now part of my life. "Church" isn't just a place where I confess all my wrongs and walk away set free. This is part of my family and while every Sunday doesn't send me jumping through the rafters, I always walk away a little more inspired, a little more encouraged and a little less anxious about the coming week.

Golf: How can I explain this. I don't watch Golf. Simple as that.

Roast: I suppose a few times I prepared a Sunday meal my mom would have been proud of, but for some reason I just haven't grounded that tradition. Maybe I'm just lazy on Sundays. Maybe when I get home, I'm expecting that miraculously there will already be the smell of roasted something in the oven. Maybe I don't want to make roast. 

I like simplicity after church, that's just who I am. I get pretty excited with myself when I take a slice of simple and make awesomeness. 

Or........... maybe I just don't have the ingredients to make what I really want. It's Sunday after all.

This Sunday though, I came home and checked my messages, looked at my favorite foodie sites and landed on The Enchanted Cook. Always great recipes, and today's post happen to be an easy dish. I closed up my computer, tore open the fridge like a mad women and to my luck, no tortillas. 


I improvised.

I  didn't even come close to making what she did, but I will. It looked delicious. It looked like my kind of Sunday Grub. Check it out!

What I did make however was a concoction of things (and inspiration) that turned out to be delightful and the perfect Sunday lunch.

Surprise in a Nest

I call this  "surprise in a nest" because you can't really tell what's hidden under that rich cheddar cheese.

The process

4 day old French rolls

Scoop out the insides.

Place on sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil.

Crack one egg in each nest and season well with salt and pepper and bake.

Shred cheese and chop parsley.

Reserve and toast the leftover bread.

Sprinkle baked nests with cheese and parsley and bake until melted.

Surprise in a Nest


4 quality eggs
4 day old French rolls
3/4 cup quality cheddar cheese
handful fresh parsley
olive oil
1 Tb butter
salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 350

Take the four French rolls and slice in half. Scoop out the inside flesh but careful not to poke a hole through the other side; Reserve inside. Place on foil lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Crack one egg in each nest. Season with salt and pepper, place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until whites are firm but yolk is slightly runny.

Meanwhile, heat a small nonstick skillet over medium heat with 1 Tb butter. When butter is melted, add the reserved bread pieces. Cook until lightly browned and slightly crispy.

When eggs are set, remove from oven and sprinkle each nest with cheddar cheese and parsley.  Put back in the oven just until cheese is melted. Put a few toasted bread pieces on top. Serves 2-4 depending on how hungry you are. 

Note: You could also serve this alongside country style potatoes or a nice green salad. 

Happy Sunday!!!


  1. First, your daughter is so so looks amazing. I made something similar a while ago but with English muffins...but yours looks so much better. Wonderful post!

  2. These look amazing! I would have never thought to do such a thing! I am going to have to try these....they look like a perfect little surprise!

  3. Great photos , and a great idea ! Ive recently been in charge of collecting the eggs at a local organic farm, and this looks like a great way to change things up :)

  4. I also remember the coveted Sunday supper. A tradition my Mom continued after we all moved out. We all returned Sundays for supper. We don't hold up her tradtion well. She really was the glue that held it together.
    We have started new traditions for Sundays and it has been a nice change. Sometimes I still do a pot roast though, just for old times sake! These little bundles look wonderful! Thank you for sharing!

  5. So sweet. I feel like this post is a nice warm hug. I love hearing about your family...I think it's the one thing I haven't heard much about. I'm glad you have such fond memories.

  6. Okay Ange,
    I am so very impressed!! This is an amazing idea!! Thankyou!! I always need more great egg recipes!! I can't wait to try this:)

  7. @Rich Fletcher I would love to be in charge of that Rich! Love organic and Local:)

  8. Ok Punkin Head, I'll have to fix a Rump Roast dinner just to keep your memory fresh! We can even turn the golf on and snuggle together for a nap (-: Enjoyed your post. The recipe looks great and of course I love the picture of your "live" doll.

    XXOO Mom

  9. What a neat surprise! I really wasn't expecting to see an egg in there! This would be so perfect for a Sunday brunch. I might even sprinkle some bacon on top.

  10. How creative and so delicious too! This recipe is perfect for a Sunday. Yum!

  11. @AnnieFor sure Annie. It's one of those recipes that have a lot of room for change:)

  12. @Kathy WadsworthLove you momma! That sounds perfect:)

  13. Your daughter is a her infectious smile! Now on to the reeled me in with that gorgeous cheddar wonderful!